sfjazz collective

The octet boasts as much collective talent, firepower and critical acclaim than any other jazz ensemble going…
— The New Yorker

The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star award-winning jazz ensemble comprising eight of the finest performers/composers at work in jazz today. Launched in 2004 by SFJAZZ, the Collective has become one of the most exciting and acclaimed groups on the jazz scene. The SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco is the Collective’s home base.

The SFJAZZ Collective is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with a Spring 2014 Tour and an appearance at the 60th Anniversary Newport Jazz Festival in August by highlighting their greatest arrangements and original compositions. This "best of" performance includes material from many of the Collective's past and present members along with the tribute composers including Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Horace Silver, Stevie Wonder, and Chick Corea.

In addition to its outstanding line-up, the SFJAZZ Collective has been praised for its innovative approach to repertoire. Each year, the ensemble performs a new list of compositions by a modern jazz master and new pieces by the Collective members (commissioned by SFJAZZ). Through this pioneering approach, simultaneously honoring jazz's recent history while championing the music's up-to-the-minute directions, the Collective embodies SFJAZZ's commitment to jazz as a living, ever-relevant art form.

To cultivate its distinctive sound, the SFJAZZ Collective convenes in San Francisco each spring for a multi-week residency. Throughout this extended rehearsal period-a rarity in today's jazz-the octet workshops the season's new repertoire and interacts with the Bay Area community through SFJAZZ's education programs for youth and adults. The Collective then takes to the performance stage, including home season concerts under the auspices of the SFJAZZ Spring Season and a national and international tour, with stops in some of the world's most prominent concert halls.

The Collective recently released the 2-CD set, The Music of Chick Corea & Original Compositions, recorded in March 2013 at the brand new SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, CA. The Collective’s first and only studio album, Wonder: The Songs of Stevie Wonder, won Outstanding Jazz Album at the 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena, CA on Friday, February 21, 2014.

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Upcoming Appearances

Oct 02, 2016
Music of Miles Davis & Original Compositions • Douglas Beach House • Half Moon Bay, CA
Oct 07, 2016
THE MUSIC OF MILES DAVIS & ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS • SEGERSTROM CONCERT HALL • SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS • COSTA MESA, CA
Oct 08, 2016
THE MUSIC OF MILES DAVIS & ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS • AUDITORIUM AT TSRI • ATHENAEUM MUSIC & ARTS LIBRARY • LA JOLLA, CA
Oct 14, 2016
THE MUSIC OF MILES DAVIS & ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS • JACKSON HALL • UC DAVIS PRESENTS • DAVIS, CA
Oct 30, 2016
THE MUSIC OF MILES DAVIS & ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS • TEATRO MANZONI • MILAN, ITALY
Nov 02, 2016
THE MUSIC OF MILES DAVIS & ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS • BARCELONA JAZZ FESTIVAL • BARCELONA, SPAIN
Nov 04, 2016
THE MUSIC OF MILES DAVIS & ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS • WIENER KONZERTHAUS • VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Nov 05, 2016
THE MUSIC OF MICHAEL JACKSON & ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS • THEATERHAUS GESSNERALLEE • JAZZNOJAZZ FESTIVAL • ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Nov 07, 2016
THE MUSIC OF MILES DAVIS & ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS • IS SANAT ISTANBUL HALL • ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Nov 09, 2016
THE MUSIC OF MILES DAVIS & ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS • TEATRO CAMPOS ELISEOS • BILBAO, SPAIN
Nov 10, 2016
THE MUSIC OF MILES DAVIS & ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS • GRAND AUDITORIUM OF THE CENTRO CULTURAL VILA FLOR • GUIMARÃES, PORTUGAL
Nov 12, 2016
THE MUSIC OF MILES DAVIS & ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS • GRANADA JAZZ FESTIVAL • GRANADA, SPAIN
Nov 13, 2016
THE MUSIC OF MILES DAVIS & ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS • NATIONAL AUDITORIUM • MADRID, SPAIN
Nov 14, 2016
THE MUSIC OF MICHAEL JACKSON & ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS • CADOGAN HALL • LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL • LONDON, UK
Jan 13, 2017
THE MUSIC OF MILES DAVIS & ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS • PIPER THEATER • SCOTTSDALE CENTER FOR THE ARTS • SCOTTSDALE, AZ
Mar 28, 2017
THE MUSIC OF MILES DAVIS & ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS • BROOKS CENTER • CLEMSON UNIVERSITY • CLEMSON, SC
Mar 30, 2017
THE MUSIC OF MILES DAVIS & ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS • SHALIN LIU PERFORMING ARTS CENTER • ROCKPORT, MA
Apr 01, 2017
THE MUSIC OF MILES DAVIS & ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS • MILLER THEATRE • COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY • NEW YORK, NY
Apr 02, 2017
THE MUSIC OF MILES DAVIS & ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS • ZELLERBACH THEATER • ANNENBERG CENTER FOR THE ARTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA • PHILADELPHIA, PA
Apr 13, 2017
THE MUSIC OF MILES DAVIS & ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS • SHAFTMAN PERFORMANCE HALL • JEFFERSON CENTER • ROANOKE, VA
Apr 15, 2017
THE MUSIC OF MILES DAVIS & ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS • FERST CENTER FOR THE ARTS • GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY • ATLANTA, GA
Apr 21, 2017
THE MUSIC OF MILES DAVIS & ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS • CUYAHOGA COMMUNITY COLLEGE • CLEVELAND, OH
Apr 30, 2017
THE MUSIC OF MILES DAVIS & ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS • THE BLUE NOTE • COLUMBIA, MO
May 04, 2017
THE MUSIC OF MILES DAVIS & ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS • ST. CECILIA MUSIC CENTER • GRAND RAPIDS, MI
May 05, 2017
THE MUSIC OF MILES DAVIS & ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS • SYMPHONY CENTER • CHICAGO, IL